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Romans, David Albert DFC (Flying Officer)

Killed in Action 1941-September-08

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Birth Date: 1920 (age 21)

Home: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Decorations: DFC

Distinguished Service Cross
90 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Celer (Swift)
Flying Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
90 Squadron (Geier). Fortress aircraft was shot down by two German ME- 109 fighter aircraft near Bygland during an attack against the German battleship, the Admiral Von Scheer, at Oslo, Norway. FS H.M. Merill, Sgts R.H. Beattie (RAF), J. Brown (RAF), P.B. Corbett (RAF), W.G. Honey (RAF), and P/O F.G. Hart (RAF) were also killed. Two others of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed. F/O Romans earned his D.F.C. when he completed his first tour flying Hampden aircraft with 44 Sqdn. He also served with 106 Sqdn. on Hampdens and was briefly with 207 Sqdn. on Manchester aircraft.

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Crew on Flying Fortress AN525

Boeing Flying Fortress B-17

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft were bombers by design, but the RCAF versions"”three B-17E models and three B-17F models"”flew without armament since they were purely used as transport aircraft in Canadian service. RE64-957

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engined heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry (prototype Model 299/XB-17) outperformed both competitors and exceeded the Air Corps' performance specifications. Although Boeing lost the contract (to the Douglas B-18 Bolo) because the prototype crashed, the Air Corps ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances, becoming the third-most produced bomber of all time, behind the four-engined Consolidated B-24 Liberator and the multirole, twin-engined Junkers Ju 88.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the USAAF in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial, military and civilian targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central, eastern and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's night-time area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the Pacific War, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

From its prewar inception, the USAAC (by June 1941, the USAAF) promoted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a relatively fast, high-flying, long-range bomber with heavy defensive armament at the expense of bombload. It developed a reputation for toughness based upon stories and photos of badly damaged B-17s safely returning to base. The B-17 dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of approximately 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Nazi Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, over 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s. In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft.

The RCAF acquired six used B"‘17E and F aircraft from the United States in 1943. Stripped of all armament and armour, the aircraft were employed by the RCAF's No. 168 Squadron on a trans-Atlantic mail service vital to the morale of overseas forces. The aircraft were progressively modified and improved for service in this transport role, and some aircraft were subsequently stripped of paint and appeared in a polished, bare metal finish. No. 168 Squadron delivered more than two million pounds of mail between December 1943 and March 1946.

As of October 2019, nine aircraft remain airworthy, though none of them were ever flown in combat. Dozens more are in storage or on static display. The oldest of these is a D-series flown in combat in the Pacific on the first day of World War II. Wikipedia and RCAF

YouTube B.17 Flying Fortress

Wkikpedia Wikipedia B 17 Bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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RCAF On Strength (6), Canadian Aircraft Losses (19)
last update: 2021-11-04 16:30:34

Flying Fortress AN525

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Was USAAF B-17C s/n 40-2057. Returned to Boeing for resale to UK; contract signed Jan41. Norden bombsight removed and Sperry auto-pilot installed. Atlantic Ferry Organization (ATFERO), Dorval, Montreal, Canada. Used by ATFERO for training at McChord Field, Tacoma, WA. Delivered to Royal Air Force as Fortress Mark I, serial AN525 [initially marked incorrectly as AM525] at Portland, OR [to avoid higher WA Sales Tax]. Wright Field, Dayton, OH for painting and installation of self-sealing fuel tanks. Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island, NY for preparation for delivery flight to England. Ferried RCAF Gander, Newfoundland to Heathfield, Ayr, Scotland 26/27 May 1941. No.90 Squadron [WP-D], RAF Polebrook, Oundle 21Aug41. Failed to return from a mission to the German cruiser Admiral Scheer in Oslo harbour, Norway 8 Sep 1941. Damaged by two Bf 109T-2’s flown by Jacobi and Steinicke of 13./JG.77, but shot one of them down first, the bomber, on fire, went on to crash in mountainous country, Norway. Crew buried in Bygland churchyard, Otra Valley, 100 miles north of Kristiansand, Norway.

90 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Celer

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